Be it the modern Hafencity or the historic Hanseatic Cities, big opera, concert and theatre stages or charming cabaret, spectacular contemporary architecture or Northern German brick Gothic, castles and grand manors as well as thatched fishermen’s cottages – the choice for city and culture lovers couldn’t be better!
The Hanseatic City of Hamburg is cosmopolitan and international. It used to be the Hanseatic captains who brought their goods to the famous Speicherstadt. Today, it’s the world’s largest cruise ships that dock here – with the Elbphilharmonie and the “Historic Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel” UNESCO World Heritage Site right next door.
Here we have narrow streets, historical merchant and office buildings, marzipan and proud sailors, salt warehouses and a train station created by the artist Hundertwasser! These are the other Hanseatic Cities of Lübeck, Lüneburg, Wismar, Stade, Buxtehude and Uelzen – some of which even have unique UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Glittering magic hits the entire region when the lights of the Christmas markets make city centres sparkle.
Another special experience is to be had in Ahrensburg, Schwerin or Ludwigslust, where castles and grand manors stand tall around every corner. Their wide-open parks are also often home to additional cultural highlights.